Thursday, August 23, 2012

current events

I'm not sure exactly when it happened, but I feel like I'm completely out of touch with the latest news and current events.
I have no idea what's happening in the world and to be completely honest, lately, I'm not even sure I want to know.
I stopped watching the news on a regular basis when Lulu was a baby and I still try to avoid it whenever possible- save for the weather or entertainment stories.

The top headliners are always so depressing.
With the exception of Prince Harry naked in Vegas- giddy-up...
But in all seriousness, I know it's important to stay informed, but things like scattered body parts found across the city, movie theatre massacres, busy shopping mall shootings, world financial crisis and horrific car crashes just scare the crap out of me.
I really don't want to know about that stuff.
It's all so alarming.
Being a mom is scary enough at the best of times.
Things like West Nile, H1N1, creepy child predators...there's just too many things to worry about already.
Not to mention all the regular day to day things to fret over, like is she getting enough fruits and veg in a day, is she reading and writing at the appropriate level, making friends and navigating social situations properly.
Is she happy and content?
Hell, am I happy and content?

Anyhow what I'm trying to say, is that I do enjoy reading the paper and catching up on things, but in small doses.
And to be completely honest I usually go straight for the Arts & Life section if I actually have the luxury to sit down to read the weekend paper.
So many things to read so little time..damn blogosphere...

That's not to say that I am completely living in a bubble, I do try to check in on line in the morning for a few minutes just so that I can be somewhat in the loop, but I confess to skimming over anything too political or controversial.
I just can't be bothered.
Sometimes no news is good news.
And sometimes ignorance is bliss.

How about you, do you read the paper cover to cover or better yet what's your favourite section?


gabriella said...

I rarely watch the news either...I skim the tickertape thingie on CP24but that's about it...and honesly it suits me fine...

rywo said...

Comics first....always.
Life, health and fitness...M.
ps hope you are feeling well after class.

kurrabikid said...

I go through phases. Being a journo (albeit one who writes about curtains, carpets, baths etc) I occasionally feel I *should* be up on stuff. But sometimes I choose not to switch on because, as you say, it's all so horrible sometimes.

Lynn said...

Ugh, same here - I feel so out of touch with the world sometimes. There's been many huge events in the past few years that I have been completely unaware of. Usually I'll read some obscure thing on someone's blog - "My heart goes out to the people of Tennessee" or something like that - then I'll google to find out what's going on. Otherwise, I'm just blissfully unaware - can't decide if it's a good thing or not.

The other day I was listening to the radio in the car - a rarity, we usually listen to CDs - and the news came on. The kids were in the back and they heard all about a 13 year old girl who was shot and killed at a mall in Toronto; the continued police search for a rapist in BC; and a series of house thefts in our town. GAH. I could not change the station fast enough.